Hotel Reviews

There’s a Starbucks Amenity?

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Sometimes it’s the little things that really make a hotel stand out in your mind. During my recent stay at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, it was that small phrase thrown into the usual list of Hyatt Diamond Amenities that caught my attention.

“As a Diamond…internet is free, just use code XXXXX; the usual Starbuck amenity; breakfast is served at Forque starting at 6:30AM…”

Wait, there’s a Starbucks amenity? Yep, Hyatt Diamonds get one free grande drip coffee or tea a day when charged to the room. I don’t even like Starbucks that much because their decaf is bad, but I thought it was pretty cool.

Overall I was pretty happy with my stay at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque. As a category 2, it’s an amazing deal on points or cash & points. Particularly during the Balloon Fiesta when their rates were $199+

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Lobby

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Elevators

Downtown Albuquerque is under alot of construction, so that made getting to the hotel and checking in a little more difficult. Between valet traffic and folks being dropped off, the entrance doesn’t have much room to briefly leave your car while you take your luggage up to the room. Nor is there street parking anywhere on that block.

But they were nice enough to let me keep my car there for about 10 minutes while I checked in and ran my stuff up to the room. No upgrade in size, but a nice enough view looking north of the city.

The hallways and room looked like it had been recently renovated, though the spacious bathroom felt a little worn.

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Double View Entrance

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Double View room

There was that one awful moment the next morning when the shower “button” was being persnickety and it looked like it might not come on at all, but eventually I got it to work.

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Double View Bathroom

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Double View Shower

I had breakfast the next morning at Forque. The buffet appeared to have multiple hot options, but I preferred to order off the menu.

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Forque Dining Room

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Forque Menu


A delicious locally inspired breakfast sandwich with green chile.

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Forque Breakfast Sandwich

Then I ran back up to my room to grab my luggage and head to the airport and saw a breathtaking sight that made me want to cry a little.

My room had a perfect view of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Mass Ascension.

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Double View Balloon Fiesta Mass Ascension

Which was awesome, except I had to leave for the airport immediately AND Mass Ascensions were only supposed to happen on the weekend or I would have tried to change my flight to finally see the balloons go up. <sigh>

My Uber driver thought I was a little nuts because I was basically craning around in the back seat the entire drive to see them go up and try to get pictures (which turned out badly).


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